JUNO IN SAGITTARIUS from today until February 2nd, 2017

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A belt of asteroids or small rocks dance between Mars and Jupiter, remnants of a planet that didn’t form or one that exploded, we don’t know for sure. Back in the 1800 four of them were discovered and were granted the names of 4 goddesses of Olympus, in the belief that they were new planets. But it was not until 1972 that Eleanor Bach, an American astrologer, produced the first Ephemerides for these 4 asteroids with names of Greek goddesses that speak of four distinct Archetypes of the feminine, thus enriching the concept that we get from the Moon and Venus. It was the movement, first in an unconscious way, to incorporate these four aspects of the feminine into social and individual consciousness. Ceres, Pallas Athena, Juno and Vesta speak to us from the depths of our psyche, with their stories and personalities, helping us connect with the extraordinary variety of aspects of the feminine that lives within us, women and men. And I want to make clear this point mainly, that this phenomenon is not in any way limited to women, but it also includes men psyche. It was from this moments that these new archetypes began to emerge with force, helping us to transgress the system that limited women to the role of wife and mother or harlot.

Juno or Hera, was the sister and wife of Zeus, Supreme God of Olympus, after he dethroned his father Saturn. She was also Ceres (the mother) and Vesta (Virgin Priestess, sister)’s sister, and the aunt of Pallas Athena (another Virgin goddess of the Arts, Education and Strategy, and his father’s daughter). Juno is the supreme symbol of the “wife”. It is associated with the sign of Scorpio and Libra. When I say “wife” I mean the woman legally married who somehow has granted her husband, financial responsibility and decision making for the health of the relationship, although, they usually have the last word at home. It is faithful, monogamous and heterosexual, and her ultimate expression of the feminine is within the relationship, glad to be called, “Mrs……so and so.” Her sexual expression consists of seducing her husband over and over again, she is not the best mother of the world, since she is not really interested in her children as much as in her husband and her relationship with him. Power struggles with her partner (Zeus) are famous in Greek mythology, she strikes the love-object of her unfaithful husband, with terrible punishments. She hates children he has with other women, especially Hercules and Pallas Athens, since they are not her children. In many versions it is said that he had no offsprings with Zeus, but Ares in many versions was their son. The marriage of Juno and Zeus is the symbol of the human marriage, with the typical loneliness of the wife of a husband occupied with his work and her characteristic emotional claims. The mistrust of their fidelity is well known. Hera or Juno represents the struggle of women for equality within marriage, the pathology of the relationships, infidelity, deception, manipulation through sexuality, power struggles in sexuality: “not today honey, i have a headache,” etc. The sacrifice of the woman’s profession or talents for the sake of the relationship, is another feature of this archetype, with the typical anger that ensues after few years, due to their creative frustrations. We cannot be just mother and wife, unless that’s what we really want consciously.

These asteroids turn around the Sun in about 4 years, therefore spending about 4 months through each sign, more or less, because they have very irregular orbits. Juno has been in Scorpio throughout the year, as it’s made its retrograde motion in this sign, on the other hand it will only be in Sagittarius until February 2nd, 2017. The transit through this sign represents an opening of mind in our notion of what a stable relationship should be, with an inclination to incorporate a more free and adventurous scope of the other, it speaks of intercultural couples, relationships with people from other countries. Opening to new idiosyncracies, new ways of eating, of thinking, of sharing, etc. If you have planets in the last decans of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces this is a special moment to rethink our attitude with regard to our relations. Topics of economic and emotional dependency are on the cards. Leo and Aries, could find themselves in intercultural relationships. In January of the coming year, Juno is aligned with Saturn and Pholus in the last degrees of Sag, in square to Chiron, therefore is a unique opportunity to take a look at the real reasons for our emotional pain, and the understanding of what happens within us, when we are in love. It opens your mind to new way of socializing and the acceptance that if the relationship does not evolve, it is destined to die. The transformation is continuous.
Each of us carries our oen emotional story recorded in our DNA and in our birth charts. Each story is absolutely unique. Don’t you ever forget it! So fight for the freedom to liberate yourself of cultural impositions that thwart your own story from emerging.

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FULL MOON in Pisces – September 8, 2014

asteroid-goddessesHere comes another Super Moon, the last of 5 that are usually formed when the Moon is at its perigee, or point closer to the Earth, therefore, giving us the opportunity to see it bigger than ever as the previous one was.Its power over the waters is stronger than ever, so large tides are common; many tsunamis have occurred at the time of super moons, its effect on our emotions, usually related to the element of Water is also powerful.
For the new moon in Virgo on August 25 which began the cycle this this full moon is bringing to a close, the Sun and Moon were in opposition to Neptune, whereas for this lunation of next week, the Moon is in conjunction to Chiron and therefore the Sun as opposed to the Centaur, son of Saturn, bringing to the for the subject of healing, making more obvious than ever, the areas of our soul that still hurt. At the same time, the Moon at 16º of Pisces, forms a Grand Trine to Juno, 16 ° Cancer and Vesta almost 17º of Scorpio, which is in line with Saturn 18º of Scorpio and Ceres at 10º of Scorpio.
The Moon with Juno and Vesta in a Grand Trine of female energy, which speaks to us of lessons to be learned about the importance of the balance of male-female, inside our psyche. In the article on the new moon in Virgo (https://cristinalaird.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/new-moon-in-virgo-august-2014/) I spoke about the emphasis of that lunation on the inseparability of mental with the physical, the soul with the body. This Moon in PISCES reminds us of the influence of these female goddesses in our lives.
As Carl Jung said: Archetypes are the essential universal thought forms available to human consciousness during all periods of time. The planets and asteroids bear the names of these deities, which correspond to this primal, immortal, eternal forces. To understand how the archetype of a planet or asteroid, operate, we must analyze the myth associated to each of them. It is precisely when we discover that we actually relive in our daily lives, the scripts described by these myths, that we begin to bring from the darkness of our psyche towards our consciousness, these patterns and stories often repeated literally.
The Moon which rises when the Sun sets, it has always been in all mythologies the symbol of the feminine, of the night, the dark and often hidden side of our psyche. With a host of deities as: Diana or Artemis, Selene and Hecate in Greco-Roman mythology, Hina and Mahina in Polynesia mythology, Metztli and Maya in the Aztec and Mayan mythology respectively, etc., etc. I would almost say thousands of them. Is in the full moon when the Sun and the Moon are opposite, facing each other, in line, therefore, the Moon receiving, in one of its sides, the light of the Sun in full, which offers us the possibility to see it in all its glory.
Venus, born of the castration of the God Uranus, is the symbol of the power of female beauty, the power of female seduction, without which our specie would perish. Without this extraordinary Venusian force that leads men to have an erection and therefore to want to copulate and have children, it would be the end of us.
Juno, Pallas, Vesta and Ceres, are other four facets of the female experience, completing the mandala which hold Venus right in the center. We can not be fooled by the size of these asteroids, as if they were insignificant, since some of them such as Ceres, now named dwarf planet like Pluto by astronomers, and much closer to earth than the latter, has the same value in our psyche that the Lord of darkness.
But in this lunation are Vesta and Juno who form the great Trine with the Moon. Vesta, the ability to focus the energy and the experience of finding completion by oneself, represents the studious woman, the nun, unmarried women, the woman who puts her own spiritual development, her mission in life, above relationships. The true ruler of Virgo, for me. Juno, on the other hand, is looking for the famous “other half”, finds completion through another. Represents the “wife”, “married woman”, the female earning power by its relationship with another, normally a partner, with money, lineage and power. She gives the power of social status and finances to the husband. It is related to the sign of Scorpio. Therefore this trine speaks of balance in our psyche of these female experiences both in men and in women. The principle of relatedness (Juno) in harmony with our feelings and our emotional security (Moon) and the need to pursue our destiny and our spiritual integrity (Vesta) form a large harmonic triangle, giving us the opportunity to find balance between these aspects of our lives, so important to the health of relationships and family.
An extraordinary opportunity to stop blaming the other for our frustrations, to forgive, to take responsibility for our failures and the power to take control of our destiny rather than feeling hostility and revenge toward the other. The Sun is in Sextile to Vesta and Juno, meaning is at the midpoint between these two deities, also offering men the chance to make peace with these two aspects of women.

Jupiter already in square to Ceres and trine to Uranus, will resonate with mothers who are released from their role as mothers, either by their children moving away to University or to other countries, offering the beginning of a new chapter in their lives and the possibility of reconnecting with Vesta and Juno.

Venus will spend two or three days in opposition to Neptune, which helps us investigate our desire and deepest longings of connection with the divine through another, offering us the chance to understand that everything is a reflection of our inner universe and that in the Source, we are everything, we are ONE and that it is only in the human experience that we live this illusion of YOU and I. Venus-Neptune help us realize that LOVE is not mine, not yours, LOVE is a universal feeling that sometimes we can connect to if we are in harmony with our whole self. Some people help us connect with it easier than others.